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Solar Observing Techniques : Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy (Paperback) - C. R. Kitchin

Solar Observing Techniques

Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 5th July 2001
ISBN: 9781852330354
Number Of Pages: 210

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The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the numerous safe methods of observing the Sun and solar eclipses, and to suggest objects and features to observe and observing programmes to follow. So much energy comes from the Sun that by failing to observe safe working practices it is possible to damage your eyes or equipment. The care that is needed is emphasised throughout the book. Always make sure that you have read the whole of a section or chapter before starting any observational work. However in warning when care is needed in observing, there is a danger of scaring people off observing the Sun altogether. Let me emphasise therefore that observing the Sun can be done in complete safely, providing that the precautions discussed in the book are followed. The Sun then provides one of the most interesting objects in the sky for an astronomer to study at all times, and during a total solar eclipse becomes uniquely fascinat- ing to both astronomers and the general public alike. So take heed of the warnings given here but do not let them stop you trying out the safe observing methods. I wish you clear sunny skies and many hours of fun. Chris Kitchin Hertford, 2001 Acknowledgements I would like to thank Dr Ralph Chou for his help in supplying details of filters and of sources of further information on them.

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"This book is part of a series aimed at the newcomer to astronomy. In many respects the author fulfills this aim very well ... . The book is well illustrated with drawings and photographs - over 30 of which are in colour. ... If ... you are keen on becoming a solar observer, make a space on your bookshelf for this book. Or if, like me, you are established in solar observing, keep it as a reference for when you take up CCD imaging ... ." (Brian Halls, Astronomy Now, April, 2002)

"This book forms part of Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series ... . it discusses the safety precautions that need to be taken in such a way as to be informative and not to scare someone from making solar observations. ... The book also gives sufficient information for someone, for example, to attempt taking photographs or CCD images of the Sun. ... I think this book will encourage amateur astronomers to take up solar observing ... ." (Peter Meadows, The Astronomer, Vol. 38 (450), 2001)

"This book deserves to be in every observational astronomer's possession. In just over 200 pages, excellent and clear descriptions, advice on solar observing methods - most of them within the reach of amateur astronomers - are given. ... The many illustrations and diagrams are all relevant and well chosen, as are the (not too many!) equations. ... This book is wonderful value and should encourage all amateur astronomers to observe our nearest star. A nice, warm welcome to this book." (Richard Bailey, Popular Astronomy, October, 2001)

The Alert Symbolp. xv
Warningp. xvii
The Sun--What to See and Whyp. 1
Beginningsp. 1
Sunspotsp. 1
Sunspot Cyclep. 6
Limb Darkening, Granulation and Faculaep. 9
Limb Darkeningp. 10
Granulationp. 12
Faculaep. 15
Narrow Band Observationsp. 16
Chromospheric Networkp. 17
Prominences and Filamentsp. 18
Flaresp. 20
Eclipsesp. 22
General Telescopic Observing Techniquesp. 25
Full Aperture Filtersp. 26
Filter Basicsp. 26
Telescope Basicsp. 28
Full Aperture Solar Filtersp. 30
Projectionp. 36
Telescopesp. 37
Binocularsp. 43
Other Approachesp. 44
Reflectionp. 44
Solar Diagonalsp. 46
Sextantsp. 47
Optimising Your Telescopep. 49
Diffractionp. 53
Aberrationp. 54
Opticsp. 57
Seeingp. 60
Stray Lightp. 61
White Light Observingp. 63
Sunspotsp. 63
Limb Darkeningp. 65
Granulationp. 65
Faculaep. 66
Recording Your Observationsp. 67
Drawingp. 67
Photographyp. 69
Projected Imagesp. 70
Full Aperture Filtersp. 71
Magnified Imagingp. 79
Conventional Camerasp. 85
CCD Camerasp. 86
Image Processingp. 88
Introductionp. 88
Data Reductionp. 92
Image Enhancementp. 96
Video Camerasp. 107
Observing Programmesp. 109
The Sunspot Cyclep. 109
Active Regionsp. 110
Solar Rotationp. 112
Unaided Observationsp. 119
Projected Imagesp. 119
Filtersp. 122
Full Aperture Filtersp. 122
Welder's Gogglesp. 127
Eclipsesp. 131
Eclipsesp. 131
Eclipse Expeditionsp. 140
Naked Eye Observingp. 143
Binoculars and Telescopesp. 148
Introductionp. 149
Visual Observationsp. 149
Imagingp. 151
Photographic and Digital Camerasp. 151
Astronomical CCD Camerasp. 159
Video Camerasp. 159
Shadow Band Imagingp. 160
Observing Programmep. 160
Specialist Instrumentationp. 162
Radial Density Filtersp. 162
Slitless Spectroscopesp. 164
Transitsp. 164
Specialist Instrumentsp. 167
Narrow Band Filtersp. 167
Ha Filtersp. 167
Lyot Monochromatorsp. 172
Spectroscopyp. 172
Introductionp. 172
A Spectroscopep. 175
Prominence Spectroscopep. 178
Spectrohelioscopep. 180
Coronagraphp. 182
Solar Telescopesp. 183
Radio Telescopesp. 185
The Limits of Solar Observationp. 191
Magnetic Fieldsp. 191
Spacecraftp. 192
Solar Oscillationsp. 193
Solar Image Galleryp. 195
Whole Sun--White Lightp. 195
Solar Details--White Lightp. 196
Whole Sun--Narrow Bandp. 198
Solar Details--Narrow Bandp. 199
Prominencesp. 200
Eclipsesp. 201
Coronaep. 201
Radio, X-ray and Specialised Imagingp. 202
Instrumentsp. 202
Bibliographyp. 203
Magazines and Journalsp. 203
Popularp. 203
Researchp. 203
Booksp. 204
Abbreviated Referencesp. 204
The Sun and Solar Eclipsesp. 204
Practical Astronomy Booksp. 204
Introductory Booksp. 205
Catalogues, Atlases and Reference Booksp. 205
Equipment Suppliersp. 207
Solar Filtersp. 207
Telescopes and Accessoriesp. 208
Web Sites Relating to the Sunp. 211
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9781852330354
ISBN-10: 185233035X
Series: Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 5th July 2001
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 16.1  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.46

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